Wellington City, with a population of 200,100, is New Zealand’s capital city and the seat of government.
The national importance of Wellington City is illustrated in its pivotal infrastructure linking the region with the rest of the North Island, the South Island, and overseas. For example, Wellington’s airport is the country’s busiest domestic airport, while the port carries considerable volumes of freight and passengers. Wellington is also the nexus of State Highways 1 and 2 as well as commuter and long-distance train lines. A substantial proportion of those who work in Wellington city commute from outside the city.
Recent and proposed future development sees an increase in high-density inner city living. Wellington city functions as a major population centre and the headquarters of many services and businesses for the lower North Island.
Access to, from and through the city is crucial. Wellington’s key role in politics, business and transport faces a number of threats from a range of natural hazards. The most notable hazards are the active fault lines that pass through or near the city. A major earthquake would damage many valuable assets and isolate the city, while a tsunami generated by such an earthquake could cause damage all around the Wellington harbour.
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The coast and harbour of Wellington is vulnerable to a possible tsunami, and it is important to know what to do.
If you feel an earthquake that is either longer than a minute OR strong enough that it’s hard to stand up, then get to high ground, out of all zones (past the blue line), as soon as the shaking stops!
If there is an official warning, then evacuate from the zones (red, orange or yellow) stated in the warning.
NOTE: While our website has virtually unlimited capacity and will continue to operate at high speed even when under heavy load, the mapping system above may not be available as it uses data from outside our system. If it is slow to load then there are detailed downloadable maps of the Wellington City tsunami evacuation zones maps available:
Link to the Wellington City tsunami evacuation zone pdf maps